Letter from the Program Director

Welcome to the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Brown!


Thank you for your interest in our Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program.  Our program encompasses an amazing group of residents, a dedicated Med-Peds-trained faculty, and a continuity site that serves as a home to the residents and the program.  We benefit from strong and balanced categorical programs in Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics with highly committed department chairs and exceptional teaching faculty in each discipline. Founded in 1995, the Brown Med-Peds program offers 4 positions per year through ERAS and is fully accredited by the ACGME, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.


The program faculty and residents, the categorical departments and the institution strive to offer an academically-oriented training program that prepares exceptional physicians capable of providing high quality individual care and improving the health status of populations.  We seek residents that are compassionate, intellectually curious and committed to developing excellent clinical skills in preparation for their future endeavors.  The graduates of our program join an ever-growing national community of Med-Peds trained physician leaders and educators in the areas of primary care, subspecialty care spanning pediatric and adult conditions, health care transitions, global health, and public health. It’s thrilling to see the high caliber of medical students interested in joining this specialty, and we appreciate your interest in our program.  Please use this website to learn more about the Medicine-Pediatrics Program at Lifespan/Brown University and contact us if you have additional questions or feedback.



Warm regards,

Suzanne McLaughlin, MD MSc FAAP FACP

Program Director


Sybil Cineas, MD FAAP FACP

Associate Program Director


Program Director

Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc

Suzanne McLaughlin is the Program Director for the Med/Peds residency. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. After working in prenatal care at People's Community Health Center and prenatal cytogenetics at Johns Hopkins, she received her Masters in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and her MD from the University of Connecticut. She completed Med/Peds residency training here at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children's Hospitals, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Her clinical research interests are in health care transition and care delivery in primary care settings, her work has been supported by the Picker Institute, Gold Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She collaborates with the National Health Care Transition Research Consortium and is an Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholar. She received the 2014 Department of Medicine Beckwith Family Teaching award and is the physician-champion for our clinic’s grant supported Patient Centered Medical Home initiative.

Associate Program Director

Sybil Cineas, MD

Dr. Cineas is the Associate Program Director for the Med/Peds Residency. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Medical School. She completed her Med/Peds residency at the Harvard Combined Program (BWH/Children’s Hospital/MGH). She joined the faculty in 1999 and has been an advisor and mentor to many classes of Brown Med/Peds residents. She oversees the Med/Peds ambulatory experience for the residents including the curriculum, a focused Enhanced Primary Care Rotation (E-PCR) for second year residents, and Med/Peds focused block rotations. She also enjoys working with and mentoring medical students. Dr. Cineas serves as a Career in Medicine faculty advisor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is currently an Assistant Director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) as part of the medical school’s new Primary Care-Population Medicine track. She is active in the National Med/Peds Program Directors Association – where she has presented her piloted Enhanced Primary Care curriculum. Dr. Cineas is the recipient of multiple teaching awards including the 2011 Department of Medicine Beckwith Family Teaching award. Since 1999, Dr. Cineas has been a regular volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and serves on the clinic’s Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Cineas serves on the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs Advisory Group and is an advisor to the Brown Minority House Staff Association (BMHA). She also has a strong interest in international health and has participated in clinical experiences in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Armenia. http://news.brown.edu/features/2011/05/haiti

Program Coordinator

Dennisse Reyes

Dennisse has been living in Providence almost her entire life, but please don’t ask her for directions.   She was born in Puerto Rico and came to live in little old Providence while just a toddler.  She is the typical Rhode Islander, which means anything more than a 30 minutes drive is too far.  She’s been working at Rhode Island Hospital for the past 22 years and has worked in many areas in the hospital, but for the past 12 years has been with the Med-Peds and Pediatric residency programs.   She loves talking to and helping people which is just one of the reasons she truly enjoys her job.  When Dennisse is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and her immediate family.

Program Coordinator

Deb Pratas

Deb is a lifelong Rhode Islander and currently lives in North Providence. She will be working with the Med-Peds residents for the four years of residency preparing schedules, extra clinics and various activities. The thing she enjoys the most about her job is to see the individual growth and transformation that takes place during the four years of residency here at RIH and at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She has 3 beautiful adult children, grand-puppies and enjoys spending time with them, hiking, running and training for the next race! It is her passion to constantly advance the field of graduate medical education during such an exciting time and love working with the residents, faculty and coordinators every day. She is also excited to transfer her medical education and training skills to her role of providing support and coordinating the primary care training program and ensuring that the residents benefit from unique world class and innovative training.


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